Weekly round-up: 2nd April, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly round-up.  I hope you are having a good weekend and had a good week.  Mine (as often seems the case) was full of work, late nights and early mornings, so not that much fun at all.  However, the weekend has been a lot better.  It’s my daughter’s birthday today so yesterday we had her party (bowling, very “grown-up”) and today we go for her afternoon tea birthday party.  We’re also celebrating my dad’s birthday, which was earlier in the week, so it should be lots of fun.

Other than that, with the whole work thing, there isn’t much to report (maybe that the sun is shining as I write this, which is always nice) so I’ll go straight onto my posts for this week…

On Monday, I reviewed Human Acts by Han Kang which is also my book of the month.  It’s not the most uplifting story, set during an uprising in 1980’s South Korea and then following some of the protestors through the years, but it is beautifully written, brilliantly translated and gives so much food for thought as to who we are as human beings (which sometimes seems not much) that I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

On Tuesday, I shared the intro to my latest read The Lauras by Sara Taylor, which took me longer to get into than I thought it would, though I really liked the writing.  I may not have quite been in the mood when I picked it up.  I now need to write a review, which should be up tomorrow.

On Wednesday, I reviewed The Murder Game by Julie Apple, an author also known as Catherine McKenzie (who I love).  This is her writing as a character from her last book – though the two really aren’t connected and this can definitely be read as a standalone.  It’s a cracking piece of crime fiction and legal drama and I really enjoyed it.

On Thursday, I was ahead of the game (unusual for me) and posted my monthly update for March, which was a pretty good month (bordering on excellent) with me liking most of the books I read a lot and having two outstanding reads – Human Acts mentioned above and Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey.

On Friday, I joined in with the book blogger hop again, writing about visiting blogs on linky lists and my slightly strange but pretty effective system for making sure I visit as many as I can.

This week, I’m hoping to get a fair few reviews posted as I managed to request books that are all due for release on 6th April – I have four (three read, one almost done but no reviews written because I kept running out of time)!  That will teach me to not really have a system for reading review copies.  Wish me luck.

And that’s it for me.  What are you reading or what have your read that I should keep my eye out for and how has the rest of your life being?  Let me know – I am nosey!

Emma x

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) Katherine at Book Date for It’s Monday, What Are you Reading? Head over by clicking on their badges below to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

The Sunday Post

  1. I am going to add The Murder Game by Julie Apple, after reading your review. Sorry, the week was hectic but glad the weekend is chalking up to be a good one. I want to go to the tea party. Hope the good trend continues through the week!

    1. Oh I hope you enjoy, afternoon tea was lovely if very sugary. I am now dieting for the rest of my life!

  2. Happy birthday to your daughter and your dad! Hope you guys have an awesome weekend. 🙂

    I’m thinking The Murder Game looks good!

    1. Thank you. It has been fun…now I can wait a year to do it again!

  3. You had a good week, can’t wait to see what you add to my wishlist next week. 😉

    Week in Review

    1. It wasn’t bad at all. I am a bit worried about getting four reviews up next week…what is it they saying about biting off more than you can chew?

  4. Happy birthday to your daughter and your dad! Sounds like your daughter is having a great birthday weekend! I enjoyed your reviews this week and am a little in awe of your blog visiting system! Have a great week!

    1. She has had a blast. Apparently it was her best birthday ever! My blog system is a bit OCD but it works for me…at least for now!

  5. Happy Birthday to your daughter – both parties sound fun! 🙂

    I think I need to check out your blog visiting system ~ I struggle with this a bit, mostly due to time constraints. I need some help in organizing! 🙂

    1. Thank you. My system sounds kooky when I write it down but it works for me and I feel like I’m not scrimping on the visiting side.

  6. I hope your daughter has a lovely birthday – it’s always a big deal when they want their first ‘grown up’ birthday celebration. I hope the sun keeps shining – it’s been lovely here today. You’ve had a great week – and here’s hoping this upcoming one is every bit as successful. My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/sunday-post-2nd-april-2017/

    1. It was lovely thanks. If a little tiring and very calorific. I will be dieting for a year!

      1. That’s the trouble with party food! Glad it went well.

  7. Congratulations on your daughters, and your fathers birthday. I hope you had a great time celebrating, and relaxing a little after all the work.
    I hope the upcoming week is a little less busy for you.
    Happy reading! 😉

    1. Thank you. It was a great day…if a little sugar laden! I’m hoping for a quieter week work wise but every time I hope that it never seems to happen.

  8. Your week sounds exhausting! But happy bday to your daughter 🙂 And I love the cover of Human Acts!

  9. Happy Birthday to those celebrating.

  10. I remember how much I used to love bowling birthday parties when I was a kid! It definitely did feel “grown up”, and there was usually pizza involved, which was always a plus! 🙂

  11. A tea party sounds like the perfect way to celebrate a birthday. Happy birthday to your daughter and happy belated birthday to your dad!

    I have heard good things about Han Kang but haven’t read any of her books yet. We have Human Acts at my library so maybe I’ll read it with my book group someday. I heard The Vegetarian was also excellent.

  12. I enjoyed one book my Catherine Mackenzie, she does write a good mystery/suspense book.

    1. She does write good books. I like each is different.

  13. Oooh The Murder Game does seem like a great read! Especially seeing that it is a legal drama as well. Love those. I quickly had a look at your Book Blogger Hop answer as well. Yes, I agree – I also try to get to as many link-ups as possible. But I tend to be late to the party…. Need to start posting earlier so that I can spent more time linking up! Thanks for sharing and I hope you will have a good week. Here’s my April Library Card: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2017/04/library-card-april-2017.html

  14. Good luck getting your reviews written. I have a tendency to ask for too many books releasing on the same day too. I really should look at publication dates more closely. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  15. Popular weekend for birthdays! Happy belated birthday. Enjoy your week. It’s Monday, What Are you reading?

  16. I loved The Murder Game, and I’m curious about The Lauras. It sounds good, but I am hesitating because I didn’t like The Shore, the author’s previous book. I’ll be watching for your review.

    I am late to post and visit this weekend, as I was at the beach for my daughter’s wedding. I am sunburned…despite sun block!


  17. Ooooo….love the looks of The Murder Game.

    The Lauras is catching my eye too.

    ENJOY this week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

    1. It’s a great book…but I might be biased given my love of Catherine McKenzie’s writing style.

  18. There are so many books being published on 6 April most of which I’m going to completely miss the publication date for and I supposedly have a system. I’ve pushed The Murder Game up the wishlist based on your review – I might treat myself for my holiday 😉

    1. Yes, I think I will miss one…but it’s a paperback release so am telling myself it’s ok. I hope you enjoy the murder game…and your holiday!

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